2006 Press Releases

Chamber and KCEDA Open House a Huge Success!
December 27, 2006
The end of the year was culminated when the Chamber and KCEDA held their Annual Open House on Friday December 15th, 2006 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at their office at 706 Main Street. Before the open house the Chamber of Commerce held an awards ceremony for winners of the Snowflake Parade held the week before. Awards were given in several different categories and recipients received a trophy handed out by Chamber President Joe Spendolini of the Hire Calling and Graphic Press.

Following the award ceremony the ground floor came alive with music and specialty foods and beverages donated from local businesses including; Antonio's, El Palacio, Aftershock, The Pinehurst Inn and White Pine Restaurant, Mia and Pia's and Above and Beyond Catering were served. Desserts were donated by Fred Meyer. The Chamber and KCEDA wishes to extend a big Thank you to these businesses for their gracious donations.

The 3rd Annual Holiday Business Helping Hands was also held with attendees being asked to bring an unwrapped gift a child can give to their parents or a non-perishable food item. "We are really excited that we have such great businesses in the Klamath Community that are so willing and generous to donate to our cause. This is one of the many ways that we can show that we are here to help connect the business community with the residents of Klamath County which makes for a prosperous relationship for both." said Stephanie Bailey, Executive Director. Overall, businesses donated over 100 lbs of food and 600 gifts. The food was then donated to the Klamath/Lake County Food Bank and the gifts were donated to Toys for Tots and the Klamath Crisis Center.

As always guests enjoyed fun food and frolicking and the open house turned out to be a huge success as business members were able to meet and talk with fellow Klamath County Businesses and their supporters. The Chamber and KCEDA wish to thank the many dignitaries, friends and businesses for their generous contributions to help the less fortunate of Klamath County.

For more information contact the chamber at (541) 884-5193.

Chamber Announces Snowflake Parade Results and DVD!
December 1, 2006
The Klamath County Chamber announced today the winners from this year's Snowflake Parade and that for the first time the parade is available on DVD. This year's theme, "A Salute to Veterans and Troops," recognized that the Snowflake Parade fell on December 7th, Pearl Harbor Day. Entries from around the Klamath Basin and beyond showed their appreciation to all who have served our country to protect our freedom with festive floats. In all there were 106 floats entered in this year's parade.

Reba VanAcker, Chair of the parade committee noted "We were so pleased with the participation from the community this year, it was overwhelming." She went on to give special thanks to those who helped make the parade possible "We especially want to thank the Ham Radio Operators and Eagle Scouts for helping to line up the parade, Charter Cable for televising it, Rob, Holly Jo, KLAD and 99.5 the Rock for broadcasting, American Sanitation and Waste Management for contributing receptacles, Superior Motors for providing vehicles for dignitaries, Roger's Interiors for the parade line-up vehicle, the City Street & Police Departments along with the Police Explorers and of course the many members of the committee and the staff at the chamber for making the event such a great success this year!"

We were honored that Kingsley Field and the 173rd Fighter Wing provided our judges this year. We were pleased to have two active military and one retired military serve on this year's panel. The judges scored each entry on items such as: theme, originality, design and overall crowd appeal. They chose one winner from each of the nine categories and one overall Grand Champion. The winners for the 2006 Snowflake Parade are:

  • Civic/Government - Klamath County Fire District #4
  • Club - Club and Boy Scouts of Pack 40 in Keno, Oregon
  • Commercial - Home Depot
  • Family/Individual - Crume Family from Klamath Reservation
  • Fraternal - Merrill Lion's Club
  • School - Klamath Family Head Start
  • Non Profit - Ross Ragland Theatre
  • Youth - K-9 Show and Shine and Just Horsing Around 4-H
  • Religious - Klamath Christian Center/Good News Bears Club
  • Overall Grand Champion - Klamath County Fire District #4

For those who were unable to see the parade that evening - don't worry, we have DVD's of the event available thanks to Charter Communications. The 2006 Snowflake Parade DVD's are available at the Chamber of Commerce for $5.00 call or come by our offices at 706 Main Street to get your DVD.

For more information contact the chamber at (541) 884-5193.

Chamber Announces 3rd Annual Holiday Gift Drive & Open House
November 28th, 2006

The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce announced today that they are reaching out to their membership to help provide holiday gifts to local agencies that provide services to those less fortunate this holiday season. This year will be the third year that Operation Holiday Business Helping Hands will reach out to the business community to gather unwrapped toys; non-perishable food items and gifts that under privileged children can give to their parents. The project will run from Monday November 27 through Friday December 15.

"We have had two very successful gift drives in the past two years and we are very excited to once again support the many agencies in the county who help the less fortunate, especially during the holidays. We feel that this is a great way to help those agencies by gathering donations from our members to help support their efforts" says Stephanie Bailey, Executive Director. The Chamber is asking interested businesses or individuals to bring donations to the Chamber Office at 706 Main St. Donations will be given to organizations such as Toys for Tots, the Klamath Crisis Center and the Klamath/Lake Counties Food Bank.

The gift drive will cap at the Chamber of Commerce and KCEDA annual holiday open house on Friday, December 15th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The open house is our way of saying thank you to all Chamber members and Economic Development associates who have supported us this year as well as give the community a chance to see our new economic development one-stop.

The open house will feature Food, Fun & Frolicking! Appetizers and refreshments will be provided by local businesses. Local artists will provide musical entertainment

For more information contact the chamber at (541) 884-5193.